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Woman killed at Essex horse sanctuary 'didn't have a bad bone in her body'

The family of a woman who was stabbed to death by her ex-boyfriend in Essex last year say that she "didn't have a bad bone in her body".

Jordan Taylor, who's 22, knifed 21 year-old Laura Davies 80 times at the Essex Horse and Pony Protection society base in Basildon.

A jury found him guilty of murder today (January 14). He will be sentenced tomorrow.

Click below to hear from Laura's family

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Horse sanctuary murder: Knife used to stab Laura Davies found in undergrowth

Jordan Taylor. Credit: Essex Police

A man has been found guilty of murdering his ex-girlfriend at a horse sanctuary in Essex.

Jordan Taylor, who's 22, stabbed 21 year-old Laura Davies 80 times at the Essex Horse and Pony Protection society base in Basildon in July last year.

The court heard that police found Taylor 'hiding near some bushes' and crouched over Ms Davies' body.

The knife that Taylor used to attack Ms Davies was found in undergrowth. Credit: Essex Police

The 9cm black handled kitchen knife used to attack Laura was found in the undergrowth nearby.

"Taylor had displayed controlling and jealous behaviour and Laura had tried to end their relationship.

This came to head on that night in July and resulted in fatal consequences. Taylor attacked Laura in the kitchen of the flat and as she tried to get away from him he had followed her through a small garden and in to a grassed area where he then stabbed her repeatedly.

She was fighting for her life. His vengeful and violent actions took that young life away.”

– DCI Marina Ericson

Man found guilty of stabbing his ex-girlfriend to death at Essex horse sanctuary

Jordan Taylor. Credit: Facebook

A man has been found guilty of murdering his ex-girlfriend at a horse sanctuary in Essex.

A jury of four men and eight women found Jordan Taylor guilty of stabbing to death 21-year-old Laura Davies at the Essex Horse and Pony Protection Society base in Basildon in July last year.

She was stabbed more than 80 times.

It took the jury 2 and a half hours to reach their verdict.

Laura Davies' family cried in court as the verdict was read out and shouted "yes."

Taylor will be sentenced tomorrow (January 15).

Taylor stared straight ahead and then shook his head as the verdict was read out.

Boyfriend claims self-defence in horse sanctuary murder trial

A man accused of stabbing his former girlfriend to death at a horse sanctuary in Essex says she picked up the knife first.

Jordan Taylor says he acted ins self-defence Credit: Picture: Facebook

Jordan Taylor denies murdering Laura Davies in Pitsea in July last year.

He took to the stand at Chelmsford Crown Court and told jurors he was acting in self-defence having picked up a knife and stabbed Miss Davies up to four times in an attempt to stop her attack.

Laura Davies was stabbed 80 times Credit: Essex Horse and Pony Protection Society

The 21-year-old was found with more than 80 stab wounds all over her body. She had recently ended their relationship.

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Murder jury hears from ex-girlfriend

A jury's heard evidence from an ex-girlfriend of a man accused of stabbing his girlfriend to death at a horse sanctuary in Pitsea.

The teenager, who can't be named for legal reasons, told the jury over a video link that she had started a relationship with Jordan Taylor in 2013 on Facebook. She described him a gentleman who was "caring and considerate." But she said that after August 2014 he became "controlling, possessive and jealous" towards her.

Jordan Taylor Credit: Picture: Facebook

She told the jury Taylor would give her specific times to be home after she was out with friends, despite them living hours apart, and would criticise what she wore. She added that he didn't like her having male friends.

Laura Davies Credit: Essex Horse and Pony Protection Society

Jordan is accused of murdering his girlfriend Laura Davies last July. She had 80 stab wounds. He denies murder and is expected to give evidence later.

Man found dead in stairwell identified

The body of Mr Singh was found in a stairwell. Credit: ITV Anglia.

A man who was found dead in a stairwell in Essex, just before the New Year has been identified.

Sirjeet Singh’s body was found at Appleford Court in Pitsea on Wednesday, December 30.

Two men - a 50-year-old and 37-year-old - who were questioned on suspicion of manslaughter have been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Pitsea stairwell death now being treated as manslaughter, police confirm

The man was found dead in Pitsea. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The death of a man in Pitsea yesterday is now being treated as manslaughter, police have confirmed.

Officers were called to Appleford Court shortly after midnight on Wednesday (December 30) following reports of a disturbance.

A member of the public discovered the victim in a communal stairwell. He was declared dead at the scene.

Police initially launched a murder investigation, but following a post-mortem, have now changed it to manslaughter.

A 50-year-old man from Basildon who was arrested on suspicion of murder remains in custody, but is now under arrest for manslaughter instead.

A second man, a 37-year-old man from the Basildon area, was arrested last night (December 30) on suspicion of manslaughter and is currently in custody awaiting questioning.

The victim has yet to be formally identified but is believed to be aged in his 30s.

"At this stage we are not looking for anyone else and we believe the victim and those in custody knew each other.

I would like to thank the public for their support and information provided to this investigation.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Simon Werrett
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